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The Board of Education’s first draft budget shows a 6.95 percent increase ($464,777) over this year’s budget. 

Several more budget workshops are planned. 

“It will be a very tough budget year,” board Chair Douglas Cahill said at the meeting on Monday, Feb 13. He said that some items might need to be pulled out of this year’s spending plan, with the hope that they can be included in the 2018-19 plan.

For the coming fiscal year, which begins July 1, the town’s share of the Region One budget shows a 1.71 percent decrease (a...

Sharon

With a new director, Sharon Day Care’s biggest year yet

“This whole school year has been a big jump for us,” Carrie Olsen, director of the Sharon Day Care Center, said during a mid-day interview on Friday, Jan. 13. The floors of the baby-gate-divided center (with children this young you have to look down to see the action) were a bustle of activity: crawling, coloring, cookies. 

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Community Center was once a Masonic lodge

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Residents voted Jan. 20 to keep the community center on Main Street as a town-owned property. 
An article about the vote in the Jan. 26 Lakeville Journal included photographs and said that the building might originally have been a Grange hall.
Barbara Bartram stopped by our offices to let us know that it was built in 1925 and was known as Hamilton Lodge No. 54. 

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Ohler bill would deter use of spray

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SHARON — New state Rep. Brian Ohler (R-64) told a full house at a meeting at Sharon Town Hall about a bill he has sponsored to prevent irresponsible use of herbicides along the Housatonic River.
The meeting, held Monday night, Jan. 30, was the first of Ohler’s promised monthly events in the district.
The herbicide bill came about because of spraying done last year along the Housatonic Railroad track bed that destroyed trees, especially in Falls Village and Cornwall.

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Catherine (Anderson) ‘Gail’ Zabriskie

SHARON — Catherine (Anderson) Zabriskie, known affectionately as Gail, died peacefully at age 84 on Jan. 8, 2017, in Houston, Texas, with her three sons at her side. 

Gail was a loving mother, grandmother and friend. 

Ironwork and artisans at shop

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SHARON — Will Trowbridge is a household name for many Northwest Corner residents. He has earned a reputation as a blacksmith whose designs are as elegant as they are practical; as a result, he’s the first person that many homeowners, designers and architects think of as they’re beginning a project that requires iron accoutrements.

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Residents vote to keep town building — for now

SHARON — Town residents have voted in favor of keeping the community center building as a town property.
At a town meeting held on Friday evening, Jan. 20, 60 people voted in response to this question: Shall the town of Sharon retain possession of 99 North Main Street?
The decision was not made unanimously: 34 people said yes, 26 voted no. The vote was made by paper ballot.

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A new home for Shear Illusions salon

SHARON — The Shear Illusions hair salon has moved from its former location at the shopping plaza, next to the restaurant, to a neat new location on West Main Street. 
Award-winning designer/builder Rafe Churchill bought and renovated the former oncology office there and Shear Illusions is one of the first new tenants. 
Salon owner Becky Welsh said she opened on Jan. 5, bringing her former customers with her to the new location. 

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FBI arrests Wilkinson for investment fraud scheme

SHARON — FBI agents from the New Haven and Chicago field offices arrested Alvin Wilkinson, a Sharon resident, on Wednesday, Jan. 18, on four counts of fraud. 
He is accused of operating a “multi-million dollar fraud scheme that swindled approximately 30 individuals, including victims who reside in the Chicago area,” according to the a press release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois.

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To keep or not to keep the community center building

SHARON — As a result of 52 Sharon residents signing a petition in favor of keeping the community center building in the town’s possession, a second town meeting will be held to address the matter on Friday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen scheduled the meeting during their regular board meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10.

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Locations photographed near and far

SHARON — The inauguration of the Housatonic Camera Club dates back to the 1950s, and is presently composed of 30 or so members, who may meet once a month, or who may be off traveling to the far reaches of the world, snapping shots. 

On Saturday, Jan. 14, the Sharon Historical Society held an opening reception celebrating the work of eight of the Camera Club members.